He was born Sept.18, 1924 at Gresham to Dietrich J. and Minnie E. (Melford) Erks. Bob grew up north of Utica and graduated from Utica High School in 1942. He served in the US Army from 1943-1946.
Following his honorable discharge he lived in Washington State for 10-12 years working with his older brother Kenneth. When he returned to Nebraska he worked at D&L Manufacturing in Columbus from 1963-1987. Bob enjoyed his retirement years, using that time to travel and work on various woodworking projects.
Survivors include his brother, Fred Erks; nephews and nieces, Gary Erks, Earl Erks, Sharleen (Erks) Hill, Janette (Erks) Noel, Donovan Erks, Kena Jean (Erks) Young, Gary Erks, Nadine (Jensen) Nebelsick, Clifford Jensen, Rod Jensen, Steve Jensen, Verdell Erks, and Brian Erks.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, William Erks and Kenneth Erks; sister, Elfrieda (Erks) Jensen; sisters-in-law, Helen (Bristol) Erks, Dorothy (Frohnhafer) Erks and Darlene (Gocke) Erks; brother in law, Delphin C. Jensen and niece DeAnn (Erks) Buntjer.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at the Metz Chapel in York. Inurnment will be in the Emmanuel Cemetery northwest of Utica. No viewing or visitation as Bob has been cremated. The family will, however, greet friends from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Metz Mortuary. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation.